Total loan: $1,500

Rasoa Ajema's Group

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Vihiga, Vihiga, Kenya / Health

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A loan helped To install and maintain chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for the community.

Rasoa Ajema's Group's story

Rasoa lives in a house made of mud walls, dirt floor and grass roof in Lianaginga village in Vihiga County, Kenya, with her family that includes 8 children. The community of Lianaginga village collects their drinking water from a protected spring because there is no piped water supply in this part of rural Kenya. This water is easily contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne diseases often making Lianaginga’s inhabitants sick and unable to work or attend school. A new chlorine dispenser program offers a solution to the burden of sickness caused by drinking unsafe water. The dispenser is installed at the local water source where users turn a valve to add chlorine to their jerricans and then collect water as usual. The chlorine disinfects the water and provides residual protection from re-contamination. In Lianaginga village, 40 households will benefit from having access to safe water through the dispenser. Rasoa has volunteered to be the dispenser promoter and will be responsible for refilling the dispenser with chlorine and encouraging the whole community to treat their water in order to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. There are four other volunteer promoters from the surrounding communities who are part of this group loan: Esther, Jerida, Benson and Gilbert. Lianaginga village needs a loan to cover the costs of installing and maintaining chlorine dispensers in the area. Rasoa believes that chlorine dispenser saves lives. Evidence Action (www.evidenceaction.org) will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the community through the sale of carbon credits. Using chlorine dispenser generates carbon credits by avoiding the need to boil water to make it safe to drink. Revenues from the sale of carbon credits to organizations and individuals wanting to reduce world carbon footprint will be used to repay Kiva lenders and to make sure that Rasoa’s community can have access to safe water now and in the future.